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Business & Office Information Systems - Legal / Medical

Course Code(s):  5M1997 CI061BL
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997 CI061BL
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced skills base to enable them to work in an administrative area in any business sector. Students pursuing the Executive Personal Assistant stream will also study other modules to complement the core modules for preparation for employment as a Personal Assistant. The student is introduced to the world of legal and medical practice. Legal Studies/Business Law enables students to get an overview of legal principles and legal procedures. Medical terminology provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to pursue an administrative career in healthcare or related fields.

What will you Study?

Information and Administration 5N1389
Word Processing 5N1358
Medical Terminology 5N2428
Communications 5N0690
Database Methods 5N0783
Business Law 5N2091/Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Text Production 5N1422
Audio Transcription 5N1549
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Work Experience 5N1356
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSSX 5M1997

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